Is This the Sophomore Blues For Our Riding Club?

Seems like a year ago, I've noticed that of all the people I rode with, and of all the people that rode with our club, interest in ridin...

Seems like a year ago, I've noticed that of all the people I rode with, and of all the people that rode with our club, interest in riding has tapered off.

I don't know if this is a reflection of motorcycle riding in general, or just riding with a club, or just our club in particular. I know of other clubs who are seeing a similar drop in participation.

But all the statistics you read about in the news seem to suggest otherwise, that sales of new motorcycles continue to outpace the previous year. There are more motorcycle registrations. There are more motorcycle accidents.

Perhaps it may be that bikers are riding less in groups, and taking less interest in the rallies and poker runs. In fact, I'm seeing less participation at bike nights as well. Maybe folks are just more interested in commuting to work on a motorcycle, or just hanging out at the bar.

I wonder if group riding is now more common among neighbors and co-workers, than riding in a club.

This year of 2006 is the sophomore year of our club. We've lost some members due to lack of interest, moving away, and personality conflicts. I'd say there are still seven of us who make club participation an important part of their recreation. The others it seems, have made the club just something they're associated with, not something they participate in.

I don't know if it's just the sophomore blues for our riding club, or if clubs across the country are seeing the same thing.

Thoughts?

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